It’s the biggest week of the high school football season — state championship week.
For a trio of Central Texas schools — Jonesboro, Mart and Midway — it’s a chance to compete for the ultimate prize in high school football. Jonesboro (13-1) will play Borden County (14-0) in a rematch of last year’s Class 1A Division I state title game at 11 a.m. Wednesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Mart will follow later that day, at 7 p.m., when the Panthers (14-1) look for the sixth state title in school history in the 2A Division I state final against Refugio (13-1).
Meanwhile, unbeaten Midway (15-0) will close out the UIL’s 12-game week when it duels with Cy-Fair (14-0) for the Class 6A Division II state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Panthers will be gunning for the first football state title in school history in Jeff Hulme’s second year at the helm.
If you’re going to Arlington this week, here’s what you need to know:
Game tickets for each of the state title games are $15 per person, and are available online through Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased on site the day of the event.
Tickets are good for all games at the stadium that day, though no re-entry is allowed. All spectators ages 1 and up must have a ticket. AT&T gates will open 90 minutes before the start of the first game of the day.
Free admission will be granted to coaches who are members of the Texas High School Coaches Association or the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association. Coaches should show a membership card and picture ID at the pass gate.
All AT&T lots will be available. Parking is $10 (credit card) or $15 (cash) per vehicle. The parking cost for fan buses is $50 per bus. Lots will open two hours before kickoff of the day’s first game.
What to bring
AT&T has a clear bag policy, and does not allow binocular bags, camera cases, purses or seat cushions. Exceptions are made for items needed for medical purposes.
Point-and-shoot cameras are permitted, but fans may not bring cameras with detachable lenses. Banners and signs are allowed, as long as they do not impede the sightline of other guests. Banners must be removed immediately after the game ends, and may not be attached to sticks or poles.
Fans may not bring artificial noisemakers to the state games, though schools who utilize train horns on the field may do so at certain points in the game, like after a score.
On Wednesday, only Gate H will be open. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Gates C and H will be open.
Fans of the home team are encouraged to sit on the south side of the stadium, with the visiting fans congregating on the north side. For the games involving teams in the Tribune-Herald coverage area, Jonesboro is the home team while both Mart and Midway are visitors.
All state games in Classes 2A and above will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest or Fox Sports Southwest Plus. The two six-man games, including Jonesboro vs. Borden County, will be available through live streaming on the Fox Sports Go app.
The Mart-Refugio game is slated for Fox Southwest, unless bumped by the Mavericks-Suns game in some viewing areas, which would mean a shift to Fox Southwest Plus. The Midway-Cy Fair game will be on Fox Southwest.
Texas High School Football Hall of Fame member Craig Way, along with Ted Emrich and Ron Thulin, will split play-by-play duties for the game broadcasts. Former Port Arthur Jefferson High School and Texas A&M wide receiver Shea Walker, former Graham High School coach Brad McCoy and former Crowley High School and New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons will rotate as analysts.
Both the Mart and Midway games will have radio broadcasts locally, with Mart-Refugio slated for 92.9 Shooter FM and Midway-Cy Fair aired on 1660 AM.